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 Quick News: Contest apps, banned ad and more worms!
Quick News: Contest apps, banned ad and more worms!

dwergs says ( 02 Dec 2005 ):

 

Here are some quick newsbites while we're all counting down to the weekend! :)

ebay search on msn messenger- New apps just went live on worldsbestapp.com. Both classified in the e-commerce category, one's called eBay Search and allows you to find interesting auctions together (and have the sellers pinpointed on a Virtual Earth map. The other is called ShoppingTogether and allows you to shop & compare the prices (or watch your buddy shopping & comparing) with 28 million products from 7,001 stores. Spend your money baby! :)

- Your webcam can save your life! There's a story on BigBlueBall about two men that were able to help their mother after she collapsed at her home, even though she was thousands of miles away. "The woman, who is diabetic, lay motionless on a couch when her son Tore, who was in the Philippines, saw her through her Web cam." On the other hand, leaving your webcam on at inappropriate moments can seriously ruin your life. I won't drop any links to illustrate that... ;)

- Apparently Microsoft made the crazy decision to ban this Xbox 360 ad. It features a large-scale Tarantino-esque so-called "Mexican standoff", but contrary to what you'd expect not a tiny amount of violence! I don't see any harm in this ad, and I've seen worse stuff while playing the Xbox 360 earlier this week.

- From CNET News.com: "The number of worms that targeted IM services hit 62 in November, up 226 percent from October and hitting a new record, Akonix Systems said Tuesday. Of the worms, 58 were variants of previous pests, and four were new. 36 percent were tuned to more than one public network, and 13 percent had the capability to spread through all four major IM networks. This indicates that threats are getting more sophisticated and no longer target just one IM system, Akonix said." That's an alarming development :S



 Have you been Mess Duderized yet?
Have you been Mess Duderized yet?

dwergs says ( 02 Dec 2005 ):

 

mess dudesThousands of Messers have already been playing with our free Mess Dudes avatar creator to build their funky virtual alter egos and use them with pride on MSN Messenger or other IM services, on their mobile phones, etc. Heck, some even base their blog layout on them! If you're a Mess.be regular, why don't you make your Dude or Dudette wear a Mess.be-branded t-shirt, or use our orange background theme?

The banner below shows the 7 latest avatars created by you (updated every minute). Say "Hi!" to your Dude(tte) when you see it appear in the Mess.be news! :)

 

>> Create free Mess Dudes/Dudettes!



 World AIDS Day: Wise up. Wear it. Where's yours?
World AIDS Day: Wise up. Wear it. Where's yours?

dwergs says ( 01 Dec 2005 ):

 

world aids dayLike every year on December 1st, I try to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. Already, more than twenty-five million people around the world have died of AIDS-related diseases. In 2005, around 3.1 million men, women and children lost their lives. Nearly twice the number who have died until now - 40.3 million - are now living with HIV, and most of these are likely to die over the next decade or so. The most recent UNAIDS/WHO estimates show that, in 2005 alone, 4.9 million people were newly infected with HIV.

It is disappointing that the global numbers of people infected with HIV continue to rise, despite the fact that effective prevention strategies already exist.

"Wise up. Wear it. Where's yours?" Use our Red Ribbon Display Picture in MSN Messenger as a sign of support for people living with HIV and a symbol of hope for the future. Just drag & drop the picture next to this post onto your current MSN Messenger Display Picture (More World AIDS Day Display Pics).

>> Everybody, make a free donation. It just takes two seconds and clicks.

>> Make a money donation. Your generosity is highly appreciated.

>> Everything you need to know about AIDS and HIV.

>> Test and increase your knowledge of HIV and AIDS with these quizzes.



 Microsoft tests classifieds service
Microsoft tests classifieds service

dwergs says ( 30 Nov 2005 ):

 

Microsoft is developing a free online service that will let people list items for sale, events and other classifieds-type of information that can be shared either with groups of friends or anyone over the Internet, the company said Tuesday.

The service, code-named Fremont, has been in internal testing at Microsoft for about a week and a half, Garry Wiseman, MSN product unit manager, told CNET News.com in an interview. He said he could not say when it would be available publicly.

"Basically, it will be a free listing service, with a bunch of twists to make it very unique, such as integration with social networks, in particular integration with MSN Messenger," he said.

[...]

Fremont will allow people posting a listing to make it searchable globally on the main MSN search site, as well as on a standalone Web site. People will also be able to specify that it be viewable only by their MSN Messenger buddy list members, in their MSN Spaces network, or in a specific domain name e-mail group, such as e-mails that end in "Microsoft.com," Wiseman said.

Listings are geo-tagged and integrated with MSN's 3-D satellite image-based mapping application Windows Live Local, formerly called Virtual Earth, so they are viewable on a map, he said. Searchers can specify a geographical area to target as well as ask to see only listings from people in their MSN Messenger buddy list.

[Continued at source: CNET News.com]



 Windows Live Messenger 8.0 BETA automatically upgraded
Windows Live Messenger 8.0 BETA automatically upgraded

dwergs says ( 30 Nov 2005 ):

 

Even those illegally using the Windows Live Messenger 8.0 BETA will by now have been prompted to automatically upgrade to Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0363. Our visitors from Belgium and The Netherlands can simply apply the existing Dutch translation by PoTaToX again on this build.

[Reported by: Shawnawaga]



 Added: Feel Blue Skin for MSN Messenger 7.5
Added: Feel Blue Skin for MSN Messenger 7.5

dwergs says ( 30 Nov 2005 ):

 

feel blue skinNot bad for a first skin, this Feel Blue Skin, not bad at all! This complete MSN Messenger 7.5 (all versions) makeover is the first (hopefully not last) skin by newcomer Absorbation. Check it out if you're... feeling blue (reminds me of that Silicon Soul track everytime)!

>> Download Feel Blue Skin for MSN Messenger 7.5 (all versions).

[Reported by: Salem & Huuf]



 Quick News: WLM File Scanning, MeeNews, Hotmail complaints, AIM Triton, etc.
Quick News: WLM File Scanning, MeeNews, Hotmail complaints, AIM Triton, etc.

dwergs says ( 27 Nov 2005 ):

 

- deAd and XxRebelSeanxX pointed us to the fact that the new build of Windows Live Messenger released earlier this week, has the File Scanning After Files Are Transferred feature now fully activated and working. Here's a screenshot of the option in action.

- A couple of weeks ago, MeeGos launched the MeeGifts service: make your friends MeeGo lookalikes and send them their customized Dynamic Display Picture as a gift. And in several blessed regions of the world where Summer is approaching, you can create special Pool Party-themed MeeGos. A final tip: for every MeeGo product you buy before the end of November, you get another one for free (offer available in France, Canada and the U.S.).

- Over 50 people have contacted ZDNet UK in the last two months to complain of problems accessing Microsoft's Hotmail service. Some complainants say they have been unable to access the Hotmail log-in page, while others say they can't get as far as their own inbox. Although these complaints represent only a fraction of the total Hotmail user base in the UK, they indicate that Microsoft's flagship Web email service may still be suffering from problems that first emerged earlier this year. After receiving a steady stream of complaints about Hotmail in the first half of this year, ZDNet UK contacted Microsoft in June about the issue. At the time, Microsoft insisted that the earlier problems had been solved. The company is adamant that this is still the case and denies that the complaints received by ZDNet UK are indicative of wider problems. [Read more]

- It seems that your 401,683 signatures gathered in the Messenger Plus! petition are still paying off! MenthiX reports that with Microsoft AntiSpyware BETA 1.0.701 released this week, and the latest spyware definitions (5779), the Messenger Plus! setup (MsgPlus-361.exe) isn't blackguarded anymore! Messenger Plus! itself is still not picked up by the realtime scanner (no change here) and picked up as a moderate threat by a manual full system scan. The Item Details text in a manual scan clearly and correclty states adware in the description (not spyware). [Read more]

- MSN Messenger's big competitor in the United States, AIM, returns with a new client built "from scratch". AIM Triton, as it is now called, kills off the old, bloated version and adds tabbed conversations and tabs for video, audio and file transfers, multiple people per IM, multiple accounts in a single program ("internal polygamy", you might say), "unsending" e-mails and a universal address book with Outlook integration. Sounds quite impressive to me, but it's good to know the next Microsoft Messenger generation is just around the corner to strike back!



 Web2Messenger invitations and changes
Web2Messenger invitations and changes

dwergs says ( 27 Nov 2005 ):

 

For those sitting behind their computers on this lazy Sunday, here are some more invitations to BETA-test the Web2Messenger service (What is Web2Messenger?):

UPDATE: Don't worry if they're all gone by the time you read this... our stash isn't cleared yet!

Some updates recently made to the free Web2Messenger service:
- Images are now only generated once per five minutes (to cut down on excessive server load).
- The italic font has changed (although not by default). It's supposed to be a lot clearer, though less similar to the MSN Messenger font.
- Bots have been made faster and more efficient.

[Invites donated by: Sypher (5), Ethan P. (3), Alim K. (3), aposada (4), Fire Fly (9) and Tsumana (6)]



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